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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chechen Intentions

TBILISI, Georgia -- Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov used a joint appearance with Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze to reiterate his republic's intention to break free of Russia.

"The Chechen republic of Ichkeria will not stay in the Russian Federation,'' Maskhadov declared in remarks Sunday to the mostly Chechen inhabitants of Duisi, a village about 140 kilometers north of Tbilisi.

Ichkeria is the name Chechens have adopted for what they maintain is an independent country. Russia still considers Chechnya to be a Russian republic.